Just take a second for the weight of that title to settle in. Minecraft has taken over the throne as the most played video game on Xbox Live, surpassing Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 in unique users.
Call of Duty has had at least one title in the top 10 most played games on Xbox Live nearly constantly for the last 5 years. The franchise has dominated the top spot for almost all of that time, only giving it up for a few weeks at a time when a brand new game launches on the console. Minecraft is not a new game on Xbox Live, it is simply proving to be a more popular game than Modern Warfare 3.
We have to wonder if this speaks to the incredible popularity of Minecraft or to the increasingly stale 'Call of Duty formula' that we hear so much about in this community. Call of Duty has, more or less, been the same game for nearly a half-dozen years now. Yes, there have been new features, new settings and updates to the core game engine but, just the same, the core of Call of Duty has not changed since Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare hit shelves in 2007. While Call of Duty is growing stale, it would be doing Minecraft a great disservice to pin their success on Call of Duty's stagnancy.
Minecraft is a game that surpassed 1 million sales in one week after launching on Xbox 360 this year and a game that currently has 7.8 million registered users on PC. Minecraft's popularity should not be attributed to the failure of other great games to claim the top spot, but rather the dedication and talent of the folks at Mojang and their incredibly passionate fan base.
If you're into Minecraft, we suggest checking out http://www.minecraftforum.net/ but, hey, if you're a fan of Minecraft, you've already been there, haven't you?
Source: Major Nelson